Accreditation & Referral System Intern At National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance

Position: Accreditation & Referral System Intern

Work Location: Remote

Compensation: UNPAID

Status: 12+ hours/week

Period of Internship: 4-6 Months

Reports to: Accreditation & Govt. Partnerships Associate/Director of Operations

Key roles: Support creation of Accreditation program for residential agencies serving survivors of trafficking & Alliance Referral System research and data input

Accreditation & Referral System Position Summary

The Referral System & Accreditation Intern will provide support in improving the review process for the Accreditation program through researching best practices and state regulations as well as drafting templates that will advise members on how to meet the Essential Standards. This position will also research potential members and referral recipients and support the ARS team with data input on referrals.



  • Research state regulations and licensing requirements for opening a shelter for survivors of human trafficking, in order to create state-by-state database
  • Research other accreditation programs, for comparing NTSA’s accreditation to other best practices
  • Gather research and other resources for NTSA members that show best practices relevant to the Minimum Standards
  • Support drafting of templates for Minimum Standards and commentaries, Standard Protocols, and NTSA internal policies for Accreditation program
  • Data input to support team metrics on program success
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Program Associate or Director of Operations

Alliance Referral System

  • Research active and open residential agencies serving survivors of trafficking in the US in order to build a list of ARS recipients and potential members.
  • Input data on past referrals and referrers in order to enhance program metrics
  • Support updates to agency profiles in the ARS system to ensure agency program details are verified and accurate through surveys or direct contact


  • 1-2 years of relevant professional experience or major in a related field such as Psychology or Sociology
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Willingness to problem solve and lead new projects without precedents or standardized procedures
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Strong skills in research and good judgment of quality sources
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) and GSuite
  • High-energy with the ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Flexible, ready to help with new projects as they arise
  • Passion for the field of anti-human trafficking**

    *Internship is not a direct service position and is remote.*

    Must be available during:

    • Normal business hours (9am-5pm ET/7am-3pm MST)
    • Days to be determined during interview process

    About the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance

    Estimates for the number of people at risk of becoming trafficking victims in the United States varies widely from 100,000 to 300,000. What is most consistently expressed is the dearth of qualified shelter care programs to aid survivors in their healing and restoration back into society.

    The National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance (NTSA) is a network of service providers committed to enhancing services and increasing access to care for survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. By forming a network of residential care facilities which serve this population, NTSA aims to foster a responsive community of members, improve the capacity of agencies to do their work, and enhance the credibility of this field.

    NTSA is working to achieve this mission with a three-pronged approach: * Knowledge Center – NTSA offers resources and training opportunities to service providers to help them enhance the quality of care they offer survivors. * Alliance Referral System (ARS) – NTSA facilitates a referral system to streamline the process of connecting survivors to qualified residential programs across the US. Referrers, both independent individuals and affiliated agencies, directly refer trafficking survivors to NTSA to be appropriately placed into certified residential programs. * Accreditation – Accreditation refers to the evaluation and recognition that an organization or program meets a certain set of official standards. NTSA has established Minimum Standards and is working to develop an accreditation model specific for residential service providers for survivors of human trafficking.

All applicants who are offered an internship with the NTSA will be subject to a background check. Offers of interning are contingent on the successful completion of a background check in accordance with the NTSA policy and state law.

Internships with NTSA are unpaid, but can be used towards college credit. NTSA can provide a letter of recommendation upon completion of the internship.

*In order to be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter and complete our take-home interview ***

How to apply

To apply for this internship, please send your Resume and Cover Letter to with the title of the position as the subject of the email. Additionally, you must complete our take-home interview:

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